Powers’ Crossroads

Thu, 08/28/2008 - 4:35pm
By: The Citizen

Tradition at its finest, nearly 40 years in the making

Labor Day weekend will once again herald the always-anticipated Powers’ Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival. The event, which draws thousands of visitors each year, will be celebrating its 38th year.

The Coweta County festival invites attendees to stroll along the tree-covered paths for a weekend of shopping, eating and entertainment.

Held every year at the 137 acres of historic Powers Plantation site in Newnan, Ga., near Franklin, Powers’ Crossroads Festival will open on Saturday, August 30 and will continue through Labor Day, September 1.

The gates will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Saturday through Monday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and military personnel, $3 for children ages 5-12 and free for children age 4 and under. Free parking is available with a free shuttle bus to the main gate. Powers’ Crossroads is located on Ga. Highway 34, about 12 miles west of Newnan.

Beginning in 1971 under the direction of artist Tom Powers, Powers’ Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival quickly developed a loyal following as a ground for viewing and buying innovative works of art. For over a generation visitors have found works of pottery, metal craft, sculpture, painting, fabric craft, glass, woodwork, etching and much more.

Entertainment is continuous throughout the weekend and will feature country, gospel, folk and contemporary music, clogging and a variety of entertainment.

Over 250 juried artists and craftsmen from all over the United States will exhibit and sell their creative work at this year’s event.

Food will be provided by local church and civic groups with a variety of country cooking. Favorites include pork, turkey and chicken barbecue, southern vegetable plates, sausage and biscuits, hamburgers, hot dogs, fried fruit pies, vegetarian type foods and much more.

Highlights of the event include demonstrations of plantation skills such as blacksmithing, sorghum syrup mill, and the original Powers’ Plantation grist mill. Children will be entertained in a special children’s park area with adult supervision.

For more information contact Coweta Festivals Inc. by emailing cowetafestivals@charter.net or calling 770-253-2011.

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